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“From a regional UK airport it’s difficult not to fly long haul other than with BA because their network of regional connections to Heathrow (and Gatwick?) is great”.
Not so trustme555, definitely not!
Living some 25 miles north of Birmingham, BA is not an option for short, medium or long haul flights for me, and others. Why? It is far easier for me to fly from BHX to AMS and enjoy the superb service of KLM than try to get to LHR or even worse LGW. Other hubs like CDG, FRA, IST and DXB are also more convenient than LHR/LGW.
BA used to operate flights from BHX to New York, plus lots of European cities from a hub at BHX, but no flights to London, all this finished when they pulled out of BHX over 20 years ago.
I could travel to LHR by train or by coach both with at least two connections, or by road but then there is the potential hazard of traffic delays, whichever option chosen could require an overnight hotel at LHR for a morning flight departure.
So, BA do not even get considered for any flights, except maybe the `summer specials’ which started from BHX (and BRS) last year to a few bucket and spade destinations, but they only operate at weekends anyway.
KLM is my first choice and I have to say that their business cabins are much more preferable to BA`s cramped offering any day.in reply to: BA – I hate to say it …..17 Feb 2018
I travelled through Manila twice last November, didn’t believe the traffic stories until I experienced it!
No experience of T3/T4, only used T1/T2, Philippine Airlines run their own shuttle between T1 & T2 which worked well for me. Departed from T1 and luckily I did allow a few hours for transfer from hotel, all the worst stories about traffic were proved correct on this journey.in reply to: Transfer in Manila9 Feb 2018
KLM revamped 744 seat 1A, an individual seat, no one passes by that seat so no disturbance at all, very serene and comfortable. Enjoyed that seat several times and never been disappointed. KLm crew invariably good as well.in reply to: Best night ever sleeping on a plane?6 Dec 2017
Not flown into BKK with BA, but did last month with Bangkok Airways in Y, pleased to see that Fast Track immigration channels were open to pax over 70 years of age, which I had just reached, saved a lot of time, the ordinary Qs looked horrendous.in reply to: Fast Track at BKK6 Dec 2017
Will it be the case, Post Brexit, that EU261 will cease to apply to any flights originating in UK? Maybe this item is one of many still up for discussion/negotiation, it would be a pity if UK was to no longer have this benefit. Emirates, BA and others would probably welcome the demise of EU261.25 Oct 2017
I have always avoided EK. I was due to fly KLM to CGK, my connecting flight from BHX to AMS was cancelled at short notice, KLM very pro-actively suggested that best option to avoid weather issues in AMS was to swap to EK for my journey to CGK. As time was limited I accepted this, both legs of the trip were 773, first leg they could not offer either of the red wines on the wine list because they “had no way to open the bottles”!! the only red they could offer was a mediocre quarter bottle from Y cabin, not impressed. Seating and angle lie flat bed were not that comfortable either.
Certainly reinforced my desire not to choose EK for any future flights, looking forward to the comfort of KLM for my return flight.in reply to: Issues with Emirates Paid Seat Policy16 Oct 2017
The Thistle Heathrow does have the advantage of connections with T5 by automatic Pods, which should save time compared to a ‘bus transfer to another off site hotel.
Have used it a couple of times, no frills, compact bedrooms, but advance rates (with car parking) reasonable. Paid for return Pod transfers at the hotel, with a code to access the hotel upon return, not sure how it works for new arrivals from Pod transfers.in reply to: T5 hotels23 Jul 2017
First time poster with a dubious story, first off the flight is said to have been cancelled, but later on the poster reports that they arrived home three hours late.
The whole thing just doesn’t make sense, I can endorse comments from syclik5 about the proactive approach by KLM to cancellations or delays, one of the best!20 Jul 2017
I travel to/from Spain frequently, I have a UK (Orange/EE) pay as you go SIM, up until mid June the tariff for calls from Spain, and rest of EU, to UK, was 0.04p per minute, incoming calls free, text 0.01p per minute, MMS for 0.04p
From 15th June these charges rocketed to 0.40p per minute to make calls, texts 0.15p each, applicable throughout EU as far as I know, certainly in Austria where I am now. Unsure what the effect is on contract rates/allowances, but the message from EE when I arrived in Austria said that “if you have a bundle you can now use your allowance at no extra cost. If you don’t have a bundle standard UK rates apply”
I think I shall be using Skype and WhatsApp more in the future.in reply to: Roaming charges in EU since 15 JUN 1714 Jul 2017
I very rarely use LHR mainly because of the hassle of travelling there from Staffordshire, when I do driving is the only reasonable option, albeit this does involve using the M40. Public transport from north of Oxford is, as stevescoots says, so time consuming and awkward to use, for me BHX is so much easier to get to and from.
Interesting that when the idea of HS2 was first aired it was to have a stop at LHR, but this was soon dropped in favour of a direct line to Birmingham, imo a missed opportunity. The current HS2 route includes a stop for NEC/BHX, much to the delight of BHX who are expecting to gain extra business from London based travellers as the travel time from Central London will be similar to Piccadilly line to LHR, always assuming HS2 goes ahead.
For the few times that I do use LHR the £15.00 probably will not make a lot of difference.10 Jul 2017
Did a domestic round trip in Romania last week on TAROM. they still have 2 x 2 seating in J with much wider and more comfortable seats than Y on their 737/700s, aircraft are not that new, but for a 55min flight (OTP/TSR/OTP) they managed a snack/drinks service. Not as plush as Air Serbia but quite decent seating, and plenty of space. Maybe when they replace the 737/700s they will also ‘enhance’ the seating.in reply to: Best intra-european J class seats R.I.P16 May 2017
good news MarcusGB, thanks for the detailed information. I have a KLM flight into Jakarta early October so hopefully that will be into the new terminal, domestic with Garuda the following day. Guess some of the newness will have worn off by then but should still be a good experience, something to look forward to.in reply to: Jakarta Terminal 3 (for Garuda) Open5 May 2017
The article would seem to suggest that the ruling only applies to female crew members, which must be sexist.
From a safety point of view it could be argued that genuinely overweight cabin crew might not be able to perform emergency procedures as well as might be expected, although this would apply to all crew, not just female.
Overweight (oversize) crew could also cause annoyance to pax in aisle seats, brushing their shoulders whilst walking in the aisle, although I would have thought UK size 14 would not be a problem.in reply to: Passengers don't want overweight flight crew26 Apr 2017